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The Judge (2014)

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Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

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David Dobkin

Writers:

Nick Schenk (screenplay), Bill Dubuque (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Hank Palmer
Robert Duvall ... Joseph Palmer
Vera Farmiga ... Samantha Powell
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dwight Dickham
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Glen Palmer
Jeremy Strong ... Dale Palmer
Dax Shepard ... C.P. Kennedy
Leighton Meester ... Carla Powell
Ken Howard ... Judge Warren
Emma Tremblay ... Lauren Palmer
Balthazar Getty ... Deputy Hanson
David Krumholtz ... Mike Kattan
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Blackwell
Denis O'Hare ... Doc Morris
Sarah Lancaster ... Lisa Palmer
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Storyline

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. Written by Warren D'Souza

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Defend your Honor.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juez See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,116,226, 10 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,119,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,419,388
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Duvall was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for the film. See more »

Goofs

Hank Palmer finds his Metallica t-shirt in his childhood room. However, Sam subsequently states that he dressed this t-shirt in the night in which he left Carlinville. Later in the movie, it is said that Hank left his hometown, he never came back until his mother passed away.

So, he should not find it in his childhood house. T-shirt should be in Hank's house which is in Chicago. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Kattan: [stomping into the mens room] You're not getting away with this. Palmer, you asshole!... Hey!
Hank Palmer: [turning toward him getting him wet] Yeah. Oops.
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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Long White Cadillac
Written by Dave Alvin
Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not easy
20 March 2015 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

It's not easy to judge or to make the right choice as one. And the past always will get to you, no matter what you do and what you try to forget about it. This family drama is a perfect example of that. Basing everything on two major actors, this is more than solid (gold). The story works and you're invested from the get go. Even if Robert Downeys character might not seem the friendliest or maybe because of that. Because he seems to be able to get away with things.

But we do get to see behind that curtain/wall, that his character has made up and his own denial. There is an almost weird love triangle, which might throw some people off, but it's just to make our main character more believable, to show what he became over the years. Every decision will result in some consequences, question is who is the one taking them.... A great drama and movie, highly recommended


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